Attorney with a passion for writing, creative thinking, and analyzing tough legal issues. Strong interest in intellectual property issues from having litigated patent and copyright cases for one of the nation's top patent litigation boutiques. Interested in transitioning to a new field of law due to changes in the economic viability of patent litigation.
to 02/2016 McKool Smith – Austin,
Represented clients in patent litigation and commercial litigation. Member of trial team for eight jury trials on complex commercial cases, with jury verdicts for clients totaling $703 million.
Responsible for negotiations with opposing counsel on discovery disputes and other issues, including negotiating agreements on various legal issues and drafting motions.
Reviewed hundreds of business-to-business enterprise software contracts to identify potential claims for breach of contract.
Deposed damages expert in contract dispute with $50 million in damages claimed. Drafted Daubert motion which resulted in dismissal of damages claims and favorable settlement of case for client.
Responsible for managing negotiations with opposing counsel on trial issues in Versata v. SAP, resulting in jury verdict of $346 million for client. Negotiated agreements relating to trial exhibits, depositions, courtroom procedures, and other issues. Responsible for briefing and arguing disputed trial issues.
Managed junior attorneys in multiple lawsuits. Managed work assignments, reviewed work product, and provided feedback to encourage improvement of skills.
to 08/2007 Judge James L. Dennis, Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals – New Orleans,
Drafted legal opinions on a variety of issues ranging from civil litigation to criminal law to immigration issues.
Recognized for contributions by name in en banc Fifth Circuit death penalty opinion. Nelson v. Quarterman, 472 F.3d 287, 316 n.1 (5th Cir. 2006)(Dennis, J., concurring).
J.D.: 2005 University of Texas School of Law - Austin,
Keeper of the Peregrinus, Chancellor's Society (Fourth in Class)
Texas Law Review, member.
Bachelor of Arts: Political Science,
2003 Wake Forest University - Winston-Salem,
National Merit Scholar.
Self-published three science fiction / fantasy novels through Amazon, with 31,000 copies sold. Interested in internet marketing generally and owned and operated affiliate marketing business relating to pest control with profits of more than $500,000 from 2005 through 2010.